Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: James A. Stockman III, MD (American Board of Pediatrics)
Description: This relatively short monograph is designed as an examination preparation casebook. About 100 radiographic and ultrasonographic images are presented, followed by related questions and answers. A concise, but relatively complete, description of the entity follows the questions and answers.
Purpose: The book is intended to be read by pediatricians in training before the MRCP Pediatrics examination.
Audience: It obviously would be an aid to anyone engaged in the study of pediatrics, including medical students during pediatric rotations, radiology trainees, and pediatricians who wish to "freshen up" their radiologic skills. Although not a comprehensive source of radiographs, the book does serve its intended purpose of dealing with those entities that one is likely to see in practice. The author is a Consultant Pediatric Radiologist at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospital, National Health Service Trust, Oxford, England. Many other contributors provided materials for this casebook.
Features: More than half the pages of this book consist of radiographs and a few ultrasounds. There are also additional figures and drawings provided as needed in the explanatory paragraphs that follow each question and answer. A significant problem with the book is the marginal quality of the reproduction of some of the radiographs, which adds difficulty in interpretation by the novice. The table of contents and index are excellent, although the former is duplicative of the table of contents placed before each chapter.
Assessment: This is an interesting book to read. It is so enjoyable that it is difficult to put down once starting it. By the end, one senses some mastery of the more common pediatric problems that can be diagnosed radiographically. I hope in future editions that the quality of the graphic reproductions will improve, which will only enhance the overall impact of this work.